Marshall of Rock Top 50 tracks of 2013: 50 to 26

Marshall of Rock Top 50 tracks of 2013: 50 to 26

Dec 31, 2012

Happy New Year everyone! 2012 was a really good year for ROCK, with comeback albums and tracks from the likes of Van Halen, KISS, Aerosmith, Joe Walsh, ZZ Top, Soundgarden, L.A. Guns and so many more. Here's my Top 50 tracks for 2012, kicking off with numbers 50 to 26. Thanks for checking out, and all the best to everyone for an even more rockin' 2013!!

50. Joe Walsh - Analog Man - Joe Walsh released his first solo album in 20 years in 2012, and the title track checks in at number 50. A solid solo return from Joe!

49. ZZ Top - Gotsta Get Paid - After delays due to producer Rick Rubin, ZZ Top released their latest album 'La Futura' in 2012. It featured this track at number 49.

48. The Offspring - Days Go By - Vocalist Dexter Holland just celebrated his 47th birthday on December 29th and sounds as relevant as ever on the title track from the Offspring's latest album that was released this past June.

47. Volbeat - Still Counting - The Copenhagen, Denmark rockers had a mega successful 2012, with this cut at #47, one of my favorites from the 'Beyond Hell/Above Heaven' album. The band will take their fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal, punk and rockabilly back out on the road in early 2013 with openers Danko Jones

46. Chevelle - Face To the Floor - The Illinois rockers really broke out big time in 2012, with massive success with multiple tracks from their 'Hats Off To The Bull' album.

45. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last of A Dyin' Breed - Title track from the latest Lynyrd Skynyrd album, which is great from start to finish.

44. Linkin Park - Burn It Down - It was hard to escape this track form the 'Living Things' album as Linkin Park continued their many years of massive success with this track.

43. L.A. Guns - You Better Not Love Me - A quality return to the sleazy, hard rocking sound that made the band famous. The band released their first new studio album in 7 years, 'Hollywood Forever', and it lives up to some of the best work the band has ever done. L.A. Guns recently amicably replaced guitarist Stacey Blades with ex-Sea Hags/Arcade guitarist Frankie Wilsey. Look for the band to be back on the road for extensive touring in 2013.

42. Lynch Mob - Slow Drag - A great track from the Lynch Mob E.P. 'Sound Mountain Sessions'. The status of the band is in limbo as of now however, with guitarist George Lynch committed to the T&N project with Jeff Pilson, Mick Brown and Brian Tichy, as well as another power trio project with Dug Pinnick of King's X and Ray Luzier (Korn, Army of Anyone). Vocalist Oni Logan is currently part of the Dio Disciples and bassist Robbie Crane has left the band, so time will tell if we'll get any more new music from these guys in the future, but this track kicks ass!

41. Theory Of A Deadman - Hurricane - Tyler Connolly and Theory Of a Deadman continued their years of success into 2012 with mutiple tracks released from their 'The Truth Is...' album. This is my favorite from the album.

40. Fozzy - Sandpaper - Chris Jericho and Fozzy upped the ante in 2012, getting what is probably the most airplay and recognition in the band's history with this track from their 'Sin And Bones' album. The track features guest vocal from M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold and rightfully has a place on my Top 50!

39. Van Halen - She's The Woman - Van Halen triumphantly returned in 2012, and while this is not my favorite track on their 'A Different Kind of Truth' album, it warrants the #39 spot on my top tracks of 2012.

38. Bruce Springsteen - Rocky Ground - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered with their 'Wrecking Ball' album, and this track conveyed the message that rock musicians idealism can still and should still have a place in music. I know it does on my list of top tracks.

37. Shinedown - Bully - Shinedown's 'Amaryllis' album is another awesome collection of songs from the band, and this anti-bullying message rocker shows that this band cares about people in a sincere way, while thoroughly rocking!

36. Black Stone Cherry - In My Blood - One of my favorite bands of late, BSC continues to make inroads in rock by not only playing anywhere at anytime to gain new fans, but with great tracks garnering significant airplay. The decision to collaborate with a few outside writers on their last album 'Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea' payed off big time. The band's album was released in 2011, but this track garnered the majority of its airplay in 2012.

35. Adler - The One That You Hated - Steven Adler and his new band have brought an album that is one of the most surprising releases of 2012. 'Back From The Dead' is top to bottom a fantastic album that will carry well into 2013 with other tracks released from the offering. "The One That You Hated' just plain rocks, as does Steven's new bandmates: vocalist Jacob Bunton, guitarist Lonny Paul and bassist Johnny Martin!

34. The Treatment - Nothing To Lose But Our Minds - Another of my personal favorite new bands, these young lads from the U.K. made major inroads in 2012 with great exposure as the opening act on the 'The Tour' with Motley Crue and KISS in the U.S. I expect big things from The Treatment and really think with their musical ability, attitude and charisma, they are going to continue on an upward rise in the U.S.! Check out their album 'This Might Hurt'!

33. Aerosmith - Legendary Child - This was the first track released from the highly anticipated Aerosmith album 'Music From Another Dimension!' The track showcases the unity and sound that only these guys can get when all together. Great track from a great American legendary rock band!

32. Tremonti - You Waste Your Time - Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed brought a solo album full of serious metal in 2012. This was the lead track. Tremonti will be continuing to tour in early 2013 with Mark's buddy Wolfgang Van Halen on bass.

31. Dead Sara - Weatherman - The Los Angeles rockers featuring Emily Armstrong (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Sean Friday (drums, backing vocals), Siouxsie Medley (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Chris Null (bass guitar, backing vocals) are one of the most exciting not only new female fronted band, but any band of 2012. I only mention the female part, because vocalist Emily Armstrong is compelling, powerful and is poised to lead this band to the next level and influence a new generation of female rockers. Exciting new band, I can't wait to see their progression in the years to come.

30. Foo Fighters - These Days - A track that got most of it's airplay in 2012, I had to get some Foo Fighters on my Top 50! 'Wasting Light' was one of my top albums of 2011, and it was so good it placed tracks on my year end cuts this year. I'm gonna miss no new Foo in 2013, but they'll be back in 2014!

29. Stone Sour - Gone Soverign/Absolute Zero - Band leader Corey Taylor of Stone Sour continues to be a respected leader in the rock world, seemingly doing no wrong at the moment. 'Absolute Zero' recently went to #1 on the rock tracks charts, but these two tracks are meant to be played together. Stone Sour will be touring with Papa Roach in the U.S. in early 2013.

28. Aranda - Satisfied - The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma rockers bring solid rock chops with feeling in my #28 track. Dameon Aranda, Gabe Aranda, and Mike Walker have delivered 'Stop The World', an album of great music, with this track leading the way.

27. Black Keys - Lonely Boy - The Black Keys were seemingly the golden boys of 2012, with doors opening for their talent, and airplay for their killer tracks. Black Keys are going to be around for a long time and look to be not only the critic's favorites, but also favorites of the masses.

26. Soundgarden - Been Away Too Long - Soundgarden returned in 2012 with the new album 'King Animal', and this track went to number one concurrently on both the active and mainstream rock charts. The band will continue to tour in 2013 and hopefully they will be around for more than one new album and tour.


Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Black Keys, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Theory of a Deadman, Eve To Adam, Art of Dying

Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Black Keys, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Theory of a Deadman, Eve To Adam, Art of Dying

Jun 15, 2012

Since my Rock Picks of the Week have continually turned into the Rock Pick of the month or every three weeks, I must make a commitment to being more diligent about catching up. So here is my Ketchup. Some of these tracks have been out awhile, but I have to give them a pick.

Black Keys 'Gold On the Ceiling'
Black Keys have had another massively successful track with this one, as it's currently the #1 track on the alternative charts, top 5 at adult rock, top 10 at active rock and top 20 on the rock charts. The Keys recently performed it on the MTV Movie Awards as part of a tribute to Johnny Depp, who joined the band on guitar.

The Keys recently filmed an episode of the Travel Channel’s 'No Reservations' with host Anthony Bourdain and have shot a cameo, in full ponytails, for a Comedy Central series 'Workaholics.' They also will continue touring in 2012 with some big time gigs including as headliners at the inaugural Firefly Festival in Dover on July 20-22, New York’s Catalpa Festival on July 28th, Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 3rd, and Montreal’s Osheaga Festival on Aug. 5th. Then they'll head overseas for a few European festival dates, followed by a return to the U.S. in October for a brief West Coast swing a and a gig at the recently announced Austin City Limits festival. They'll finish out 2012 with tours of Australia and Europe.

They are also worthy of a tribute album called 'Black On Blues,' out July 17th, which features such artists as Iggy Pop, Leslie West, Ginger Baker of Cream, Dave Davies of The Kinks and more.

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Van Halen 'She's The Woman'

I was glad to see that the band actually put out a video behind this one, compiled from rehearsal and concert footage. I like almost everyone thought the worst when VH pulled those 30 dates from their current tour schedule, but was relieved that they just "simply bit off more than we could chew," acording to David Lee Roth in his recent video message addressing the situation.

Van Halen‘s former bassist Michael Anthony heard DLR's explanation for the postponed dates, but he isn’t quite so sure that is the main reason. Their was a report with tour insiders saying the band members "hate each other" and are "arguing like mad." Sammy Hagar weighed in saying, "I'm surprised it took this long. I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner … They’re hard people to get along with, those brothers."

Anthony told Classic Rock Magazine: "Everybody’s got their own opinions. Who knows? To me it sounds kinda interesting – if you say you’re tired and you want to recharge your batteries you don’t put 30 shows on sale. If I were a fan I’d be going, 'Why are you putting 30 shows on sale?'"

Anthony also offered a possible explanation for why three days lapsed between the announced schedule changes and Roth’s public statement about them: "Maybe that’s the three days you take to come up with your story?" Despite his assessment, he had kind words for the group. "I wish them well — they put out a great album, they’re a great live band, they always have been," he says.

Would he ever consider rejoining the band? "I don’t know. As time goes on now, less and less. Eddie’s got his son up with him now. The circumstance would have to be right. I was always the never-say-never guy, but I don’t really think about it any more...Chickenfoot, my relationship with those guys is great."

Van Halen have since announced more tour dates in 2013, as well as a tour of Japan. There is also speculation that the guys will be rocking the 2013 Super Bowl. Look for the next single from 'A Different Kind Of Truth' to be 'Stay Frosty.'

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Foo Fighters, who have become one of my favorite bands EVER, released yet another song from the 'Wasting Light' album. 'Bridge Burning' follows the lead of all the previous tracks released, getting significant airplay. The Foos haven't released an official video, but here's a video interpretation of the song from the band's 2011 'This Video Sucks Contest; directed by Will Doyle & Richard Peete.

The Foos hit the Marcus Ampithetre in Milwaukee, WI on June 28, before hitting festivals in Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands during the month of July. They stop in Belfast, ND on August 21st for a one off U.S. date, then return to the UK for two gigs in late August. The band will wrap up their never ending tour on September 22nd at DeLuna Fest in Pensocola, Florida. Dave Grohl will then focus on completing his Sound City Studios documentary, which I cannot wait to see! Spin Magazine recently brought forth why Dave Grohl is the 'nicest guy in rock.' Check out the reasons why here:

Theory of a Deadman's 'Hurricane' is another great track from the band's latest album 'The Truth Is...'. It has already gone top 5 on the rock tracks, as the band continues building on their past success thus far. Theory of a Deadman will be headlining on tour for the rest of the summer. Check out a date near you here:

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Frontman Tyler Connolly recently did a funny little experiment in New York's Time Square called 'You Don't Know Me.' Check out both parts:

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New York rockers Eve To Adam are up next with their track 'Reach.' While it didn't have the "reach" I would have hoped as far as radio airplay goes, it did further the band's reach and exposure in a positive way. It comes from the album 'Banquet For A Starving Dog', and is a positive, uplifting song. You can 'Reach,' you just gotta believe, and I believe in this band!

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Eve To Adam recently ended a run touring with Creed at the Fillmore on May 31 in Detroit, Michigan, and their currently at home working on new material and preparing for summer shows while promoting their new single, a cover of the Alice Cooper classic, 'School's Out.' The single is now available for digital download and has been getting a very positive reaction from critics and fans alike. The track was even debuted on June 5th by Alice Cooper on his radio show! Get the song here on itunes

Canadian rockers Art of Dying are back in the rock picks of the week with their latest track 'Sorry.' It's another great track from the 'Vices and Virtues' album. The Art of Dying is my life to live. Vocalist Jonny Hetherington and the guys bring quality rock, and I expect continued growth from this band in the future!

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Recently we had the chance to get into the studio with producer Dan Donegan from Disturbed to lay down an acoustic version of "Sorry". We've been so touched by all of the 'Sorry profile pics' over the last few months that we decided to make a video for the acoustic version of the song featuring our biggest fans. Thanks for making this video possible, we couldn't have done it without you!
- Jonny Hetherington

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The band has a few more gigs this summer. Check them out here:

Rock Picks of the Week: Alter Bridge, Theory Of A Deadman, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Night Ranger, Black Veil Brides

Rock Picks of the Week: Alter Bridge, Theory Of A Deadman, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Night Ranger, Black Veil Brides

May 25, 2011

Building on being the #1 Most Added at rock radio, Alter Bridge's latest single, "Ghost Of Days Gone By", from the band's critically acclaimed album "ABIII", is storming further up the charts and probably my favorite on the album. This week it rises to #15 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart, and at #9 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

The band will be busy touring all summer long, with stops in Poland, Germany, the UK (Download Festival), Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Switzerland (Sonisphere Festival) and Italy before heading back over to the states as part of the Carnival Of Madness tour. That tour kicks off on August 13th in Twin Lakes, WI along with Theory Of A Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic. Dates have been announced through Sept. 17th, with more to be added soon. Get details here:

The band is also celebrating a victory for Fuse TV’s "The Battle of the Fans: Rockers." Their website hosted a poll to see which band had the best fans and, in the end, it was the AB Nation that took home the title. The band was up against the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Green Day and Three Days Grace and took on 30 Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park in the finals. With over 7 million votes cast over 4 weeks, Alter Bridge and their fans came out the victor when all was said and done.

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Here's a webisode with the members of Alter Bridge focusing on why they chose Ghost Of Days Gone By as a radio single, the ultimate genesis of the song on Tremonti's guitar and the meaning of the lyrics.

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Another band who will be part of the Carnival Of Madness tour is the next Rock Pick of the Week. Theory Of a Deadman's "Lowlife" is one of the hottest tracks at rock radio and adds to the growing list of quality rock the band brings forth. The Vancouver quartet will release their 4th album "The Truth Is..." on July 12th.

Before kicking of The Carnival Of Madness Tour, Theory Of A Deadman will be playing a few shows:
June 16: Burlington Steamboat Days Fairgrounds- Burlington, IA
July 3: Heritage Landing - Muskegon, MI
July 15: Common Grounds Festival - Lansing, MI
July 22: Fond Du Lac Country Fairground - Fond Du Lac, WI

Check them out if you get a chance this summer!

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Florida rockers Red Jumpsuit Appartus are back with "Reap", from their new album "Am I The Enemy", out later this summer. "Reap" is available now on iTunes and the band are out on tour so go to their Facebook or Myspace page to see if they are playing near you. In February 2010, the band fired long time manager Steve Tramposch and also parted ways with their label Virgin records, citing the poor promotion of Lonely Road. They decided to release music independently. According to lead singer Ronnie Winter, "At this point we want to stay completely 100% independent for as long as possible." This will be their second independent release after the EP "The Hell Or High Water" last August. We'll keep you updated on when the new album will be available, but in the meantime check out this cool lyric video for "Reap", and get the song on iTunes:

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Night Ranger's new album, "Somewhere In California", is slated for a June 21st North American release via Frontiers Records.

The album celebrates the 30th anniversary of Night Ranger and finds the band returning to their classic sound. Frontman/bassist Jack Blades commented, "Night Ranger is back with a vengeance! We are so proud of our new album... classic Night Ranger in every sense. Can't wait to see all the fans on tour this summer!" The first single from the album, "Growin' Up In California," will soon impact at radio, and Night Ranger will hit the road this summer for tours in Japan (June 9-14, 2011; Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka) and Europe (June 17-26; Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the United Kingdom) before a U. S. tour with Journey and Foreigner, starting on July 21 in Salt Lake City. Check out the video for "Growin' Up In California":

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Somewhere In California tracklisting:
'Growin' Up In California'
'Lay It On Me'
'Bye Bye Baby (Not Tonight)'
'Follow Your Heart'
'Time Of Our Lives'
'No Time To Lose Ya'
'Live For Today'
'It's Not Over'
'End Of The Day'
'Rock N' Roll Tonite'
'Say It With Love'
'Coming Of Age' (featuring Ted Nugent) - bonus track for Amazon MP3
'Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)' - bonus track for iTunes

Here's the tour dates for the big tour with Journey and Foreigner:
21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Rio Tinto Stadium
23 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
24 - Phoenix, AZ - Desert Sky Pavilion
27 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
30 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
31 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre

2 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
3 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
5 - Columbus, OH - Crew Stadium, Ohio State Fair
6 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
10 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
13 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
16 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
17 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
19 - Virginia Beach, VA - Virginia Beach Amphitheater
20 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
21 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
24 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
27 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
30 - Syracuse, NY - New York State Fair
31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair

2 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
10 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
16 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
17 - Tampa, FL - 1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
18 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
24 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
25 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
28 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre

1 - Englewood, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
7 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
14 - Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
15 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
19 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
21 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena

"Fallen Angels", is the first single from the Black Veil Brides sophomore album, "Set The World On Fire", which will be released on June 14 via Lava Music/Universal Republic Records. The new video was filmed with director Nathan Cox, who has previously worked with Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, Devildriver and HIM, among many others.

The band just came off a performance at Rock On The Range this past May 21
The title track from the upcoming release is featured in Wes Craven's "Scream 4". The song found its way into the film after the band's loyal BVBArmy flooded the "Scream" message boards when a survey was posted asking which artists they would like to see on the soundtrack. Before long, pages of posts mentioning the Black Veil Brides found their way in front of the music supervisor and director Wes Craven and he put the song in the movie.

Black Veil Brides is:
Andy Biersack (vocals)
Jake Pitts (guitar)
Jinxx (guitar)
Ashley Purdy (bass)
Christian "CC" Coma (drums)

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